Answers to Athletes and Sudden Cardiac Arrest

Premier Health providers and athletic trainers answer frequently asked questions about sudden cardiac arrest.

How should sudden cardiac arrest be treated?

Dr. Michael Barrow discusses why using an AED (automatic external defibrillator) is the best way to treat sudden cardiac arrest. Click play to watch the video or read the transcript.


The only treatment we’ve got is an AED, the automatic external defibrillator. The AED is the best thing that we have to offer and it works very well, but it’s not 100 percent. Of course, for the AED to work, one needs to be nearby when you need it.

We want to have an AED. The phrase we use is that it’s really the “time to electricity” that makes a difference on how quickly and how well you can revive someone.

You can also do CPR. We don’t want to forget that. If you don’t have the AED immediately available or you’re waiting on the medics to get there, then you want to go ahead and do CPR to do what you can to keep the blood circulating in the body.

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Chelsea L. Gilliam, APRN-CNP, AGACNP-BC

Piqua Family Practice

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Source: Michael W. Barrow, MD, Samaritan North Family Physicians; American Heart Association; National Institutes of Health; Nik Berger, MS, AT, ATC, Premier Health Sports Medicine – Miami Valley Hospital South; Jeffrey James, DO, Premier Orthopedics; Sean Convery, MD, Premier Orthopedics; Jeffrey Rayborn, MD, Premier Orthopedics